"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
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|1 week 3 days ago||To the OP||
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|1 week 6 days ago||2008 game with Utah||
It was RR's first year, but Utah did go on to an undefeated season, beating #4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, and ended up #2 in the AP poll. Incredibly, splitting attempts between Sheriden and Threet, Michigan actually played them closer than anyone else that year, losing by 2 points (25-23). Michigan's two-point conversion attempt to tie the game failed. Utah's DC at the time was Gary Anderson.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||QB Change||
Is this the script of a Matthew McConaughey Lincoln commercial? I don't get it.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Hoke: "I've got a great offensive line coach."||
After the 27 carries for 27 yards performance, Hoke's response to the media: "I've got a great offensive line coach."
The scary part: I think he might have actually believed that.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Re #3||
If Hoke's decisions on playing time were like his decision on special teams, it's not that he didn't communicate his reasoning, it's that he didn't have any. I'll never forget his "defense" of the archaic punt formation that most teams had abandoned: it was the way he had done it before and was comfortable with. Maddening.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Hoke's recruiting||
Given the importance of the QB position in football, Hoke's recruitment of Bellomy (year 1), no QB (year 2), and Morris (year 3) borders on malpractice. Gardner's redshirt question makes the decision-making even worse. (Imagine if Gardner hadn't been granted the redshirt.) As for the non-QB components of the team, it's hard to separate the failure of development from a failure in evaluation, but it sure seems he had less of an eye for talent, and his "excellent" recruiting classes were somewhat paper tigers. E.g., Hoke recruited a lot of OL ranked higher than Omameh. How many of them were actually better recruits?
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Fumble in the end zone||
No advancement necessary.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||The edge from his MAC days||
I am not aware of any "edge" from Hoke's MAC days. He took over a .500 team (5-6, 5-6, and 6-6 under Bill Lynch), and proceeded to go 4-8, 2-9, 4-7, 5-7, 7-6, and 12-1 (34-38 overall). In other words, he took a mediocre MAC team, made it worse, but had one outlier year with a handful of seniors who would play on Sunday. The fact that we hired, and then paid a top-10 salary to a coach with no coordinator experience, and who had managed to crack .500 only 3 seasons (out of 8) as a head coach (including that 7-6 season) is really astounding.
|10 weeks 11 hours ago||Very good point||
Oregon and FSU qualify as well.
Also, Nebraska was one of a few teams to have 6 straight 9+ win seasons (through 2014), and we see what that meant for Pelini.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Thank you||
Thank you for putting this together. Much like the belief that Hoke "turned around" Ball State, the belief that Hoke was a superior recruiter likely dissipates under scrutiny. While his recruiting classes were higher ranked, and the issue is clouded by development issues (e.g., Greg Frey v. Funk), I'm not sure how much of an eye for talent Hoke has. He wouldn't give Jake Ryan an offer -- while Hoke was coaching SDSU. (Ryan was ranked the 763rd player in the country, and Michigan was his only offer from a major program, if I recall correctly.) Omameh was ranked the 1229th player in the country -- lower than any OL recruit that Hoke brought in, to my knowledge. The only Hoke OL recruit that has performed to the level of his ranking seems to be Mason Cole.
Also, attributing the Sugar Bowl victory to Hoke and Carr's players was one of the most shameful parts of our recent history.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Film study supervisor||
Didn't he land at Toys 'R Us?
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Storied program; consistently good; passionate but sane fanbase||
By the way, isn't Nebraska one of only three programs (with Oregon and Alabama) to have 9+ wins each of the past six seasons? (Of course, this led to Pelini's ouster.)
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Florida pitcher||
Does anyone know why the Florida pitcher didn't get drafted until the fifth round (and wasn't the first pitcher chosen)? I thought she and Romero were the two players of the year.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Locked up MI and OH||
While that may have been the narrative, the actual facts say otherwise. For instance, the 2006 Carr class had four MI recruits -- Brandon Graham (the top MI recruit), Quentin Patilla, Quintin Woods, and Obi Ezeh. Of the top five recruits in Michigan that year, UM got one (Graham) and Michigan State got three. The next year, still under Carr, all of the top recruits (I'm looking at Rivals) went out of state. Nothing was "locked down."
And RR took the most recruits from OH in a year of any UM coach in the past decade.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||RR and MI/OH||
What if I told you RR's first class had the same number of MI recruits as Carr's last class, and one more than Carr's second-to-last class?
What if I told you RR's three classes combined had one fewer MI recruit than Carr's last three classes combined?
What if I told you in the past decade, the class with the most recruits from OH was a RR class?
The MI media's take that UM under RR had abandoned recruiting in MI and OH was just a hatchet job, and it was so easy to disprove -- just look at the numbers.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Failure||
If your measure of failure is anything other than a national championship, then there sure are a lot of failures out there. If every year you are the best person in America at whatever your job is, I tip my hat to you.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Great season||
Congrats to a great Michigan team on a great season. (And really, congrats to a great program!)
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Single by slapper||
Was the hitter out of the box by the time she actually hit the ball?
|18 weeks 1 day ago||"About to receive a thrown ball"||
There is no way that "about to receive a thrown ball" could be construed to cover the entire time a ball is in flight to that defender. It would completely vitiate the rule.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Flashing bunt||
Just catching the tail end of this Florida game. Does that hitter from Auburn (top of 9th, last out) always show bunt before her swing? With two outs, I doubt there is any really threat of bunting. It sure seems to give her less time to take a decent swing.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Hoke's SDSU years||
He had one 9 win season at SDSU and one 4 win season.
In his eight years as a head coach prior to coming to Michigan, he had two seasons of 9+ wins. In his four years as head coach at Michigan, he had one season of 9+ wins.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||First upset with Harbaugh||
I believe our last victory on the road as a 3 point (or more) underdog involved an 87 yard by Denard in ND's stadium (longest ever) and a certain coach who is now at the University of Arizona.
|28 weeks 15 hours ago||Durkin was Special Teams/LB coach at time||
Durkin coached LBs and special teams that year at Florida.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||Brady Hoke was the author of the Brady Hoke swan song||
Brady Hoke had years to recruit and develop a QB. He didn't. He took Bellomy in 2011, didn't take a QB at all in 2012 (!), took Shane Morris in 2013, and Speight in 2014. The chasm at QB that Hoke has left his successor is worse than anything that RR left Hoke.
Also, recall that it was not always a given that Gardner would even get the medical redshirt and play in 2014. Imagine Michigan's 2014 campaign without him. Failing to secure and develop quality QB recruits was not only a significant reason why Hoke failed at Michigan, but will have negative effects on our team for at least another year or two.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||Same program for all position groups||
It would seem fairly obvious that such an approach is suboptimal. Not surprising, given the previous regime's defense of a suboptimal punting strategy (we are comfortable with it -- it's the way we've always done it), but disappointing. Given Michigan's resources, why wouldn't you tailor the program to the position group and individual athlete?
|43 weeks 2 days ago||Improving your chances||
It's not that a modern offense is needed to win; it's that modern offenses improve your chances of winning, all other things being equal. Furthermore, we do not have the talent of Alabama, do not oversign, do not cut (medical redshirt) players, etc. Moreover, even Alabama this year has gone no-huddle, uptempo. I haven't watched them much, but I saw Alabama's QB score a touchdown on a read-option. Straight-up, RR WVU read option. I couldn't believe my eyes. What has Saban been complaining about the last couple years? Very fast, no-huddle teams. It puts the defense at a disadvantage. Who have they lost to? Auburn, Texas A&M.
|43 weeks 4 days ago||1950s? Try 1990s||
His last three years brought him back down exactly to .500, but for his first 10 years, Jackie Sherrill had nearly the same success Mullen has had for his first six years at MSU (although Sherill actually won his division once).
|44 weeks 11 hours ago||Stanford and Shaw||
Harbaugh had one year at Stanford with double-digit wins -- 2010 (12-1). In 2009, they were 8-5.
Since then, Shaw has gone 11-2, 12-2, and 11-3 prior to this year. That's not much of a regression. And that 11-3 season last year (6 pt loss at Utah, 3 pt loss at USC, and 4 pt loss to Michigan State in the Rose Bowl) and the 12-2 season the year prior (4 pt loss at Washington and 7 point overtime loss at Notre Dame) were without Andrew Luck.
|44 weeks 11 hours ago||Texas||
I believe it was more than a rumor. I believe there is an article describing all of the things Texas put on the table trying to land him, including flying out relatives from CA to every home game in Texas on a private plane. If he was motivated by the financials, he had that opportunity last year.
|44 weeks 17 hours ago||Al Golden||
Don't even joke about that.